Forest Practices Board audits four community forest operations on British Columbia's Sunshine Coast, finds all comply with provincial forestry legislation

VICTORIA, British Columbia , February 8, 2012 (press release) – Forest practices in the Sechelt and Powell River Community Forests, and two community forest licences held by the Sliammon and Klahoose First Nations, all complied with provincial forestry legislation, according to a Forest Practices Board audit report released today.

“All four of these operations are small, community-based forest tenures and we are pleased to see that they are following the requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act,” said board chair, Al Gorley.

A community forest is a forestry operation managed by a local government, community group, First Nation or community-held corporation for the benefit of the entire community.

The Forest Practices Board is B.C.’s independent watchdog for sound forest and range practices, reporting its findings and recommendations directly to the public and government. The board audits forest and range practices on public lands and appropriateness of government enforcement. It can also make recommendations for improvement to practices and legislation.

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